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The Chora Church (Turkish Kariye Müzesi, Camii yahut Kilisesi — variously the Chora Museum, Mosque or Church) is considered to be one of the most beautiful examples of a Byzantine church. The church is situated in the western, Erdinekapı district of...more
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I live in Istanbul and I have been to Kariye Museum more often than any other in the city. It is the church of a Byzantine monastery that was originally outside the first set of city walls, then found itself just inside the second set!...More
The mosaics inside the Chora Church are awe inspiring, simply breath taking. We loved our visit, but beware that the museum is of the beaten track and under renovation. This will not put off enthusiasts, however casual tourists might find the location frustrating. We took...More
The Chora Church has a number of ancient Christian-era frescos which are worth a look. However, as other recent comments note, much of the Church is under renovation. This severely limits what you can actually see. That said, what we did see was quite interesting;...More
Under re-construction as are nearly all of the tourist sights in Istanbul.
However, well worth the metro ride to see the mosaics. The place was not pushy Chinese tourist crowded like every other tourist venue.
The staff were helpful and actually smiled and acted interested....More
the Byzantine mosaics are astonishing. Petty most of it can not be seen due to restoration and the audio guide is needed, so a little overpriced for what you can see.
It is not easy to find by your own, but doable with a GPS...More
Went out of my way to visit this place as it was listed as one of the best places to see.
Really interesting mosaics but there's quite a lot of restoration works going on at the moment so what you see is a bit limited....More
It was beautiful place but coz of the renovation we werent able to see the inside of it and we have seen only hallway.it was told us that thete is a renovation but the price was weird to see only for hallway.If you dont mind...More
This sleepy and rather socially conservative area of Istanbul hosts a small but thriving Jewish community, the patriarchate of the Eastern Orthodox Church, and some of the most beautiful churches and Christian art in the world. Much of what’s most interesting to witness in Fener and Balat sits between the surviving ancient city walls of Constantinople and the serene shores of the Golden Horn. Despite the many splendid
sights, historic attractions, stunning vistas, and warm Turkish welcome, the area remains largely unperturbed by the tourist trade that characterizes the atmosphere in nearby Sultanahmet and around the Grand Bazaar. Travelers that like to explore off the beaten track will reap big rewards for making the effort to visit this low-key part of town.
Response from FatihMehmetCelebi | Reviewed this property |
According to the website (In Turkish) the museum is open everyday.
Winter from 09:00 - 16:30
Summer from 09:00 - 19:00
The price is 15 TL (4.90 EUR).
Enjoy, you will love it! Hope the renovations are done though.
February is cold in turkey. I suggest 7 to 8 days in Istanbul ( as there is ample to do there). You can take a days trip to Bursa; A night in Cappadocia (if both places fascinate you OR two nights in Antalya (stay in... More
February is cold in turkey. I suggest 7 to 8 days in Istanbul ( as there is ample to do there). You can take a days trip to Bursa; A night in Cappadocia (if both places fascinate you OR two nights in Antalya (stay in Kalecri district). Cappadocia and antalya have multiple flights from istanbul and not expensive.
Response from barbara s | Reviewed this property |
Hi. I am visiting California at the moment but did get the book when in turkey this summer. I can try to see what is there but won't be home till Sunday. Is that too late? If not then email me and I will look when I get... More
Hi. I am visiting California at the moment but did get the book when in turkey this summer. I can try to see what is there but won't be home till Sunday. Is that too late? If not then email me and I will look when I get back home to Georgia